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The much anticipated Windows 8 Release Preview ( Windows 8 RC) has been release by Microsoft and is available for download. Yesterday Microsoft hinted the release of Windows 8 Release Preview by publishing a blog post and then removing it which told the viewers that Windows 8 Release Preview is scheduled to be available for download on May 31st, 2012.

Update: The Verge has already posted a nice video of Windows 8 RP hands on review. See below:

Windows 8 release preview

Without wasting more time on introduction, we are providing the direct download links for Windows 8 Release Preview.

Windows 8 Release Preview (32 & 64 bit) ISO Direct Download links

The web installer

If you are not sure if your computer can run Windows 8 RP, you can download the web installer which will first give you a compatibility report for your system before downloading the setup.

Download Windows 8 Release Preview web installer (5.1 MB)

Download Windows 8  Release Preview ISOs

If you are an English user and want to download Windows 8 RP in English language, please follow the direct download links below:

Download Windows 8 Release Preview 32-bit ISO (2.4 GB)

Download Windows 8 Release Preview 64-bit ISO (3.3 GB)

You can use the following product key for activating Windows 8 Release Preview:

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If you want to download Windows 8 RP in another language, you can following the direct download links below:

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Arabic 32-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Arabic 64-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Chinese (Simplified) 32-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Chinese (Simplified) 64-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Chinese (Traditional) 32-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Chinese (Traditional) 64-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview French 32-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview French 64-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview German 32-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview German 64-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Japanese 32-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Japanese 64-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Korean 32-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Korean 64-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Portuguese 32-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Portuguese 64-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Russian 32-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Russian 64-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Spanish 32-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Spanish 64-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Swedish 32-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Swedish 64-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Turkish 32-bit

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Turkish 64-bit

System Requirements

Windows 8 Release Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

Additional requirements to use certain features:

  • To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch.
  • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.
  • Internet access (ISP fees might apply)

Installation of Windows 8 Release Preview

Installing Windows 8 RP is pretty much the same as installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview. There is no visual difference. You can use the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool to burn the ISO images to the DVD or USB flash drive and then boot from the DVD or USB to install Windows 8.